Mark Diacono

Mark Diacono


Mark is one of the country’s foremost food writers, known for his original take on all things edible. His A Year at Otter Farm, published in 2014, won the Andre Simon Food Book of the Year; A Taste of the Unexpected won the Guild of Food Writers Food Book of the Year 2011; and The New Kitchen Garden was published this spring. Mark has also written three River Cottage Handbooks, and is one of the authors of the forthcoming River Cottage Bible. He has won numerous Garden Media Guild awards for his writing and photography.

His unique smallholding, Otter Farm, is home to orchards of – among many other things – pecans, peaches, almonds, Szechuan pepper, apricots, a vineyard and the most delicious varieties of vegetables and herbs.  His idea is not only pioneering, it is also beautifully sustainable – taking advantage of climate change to grow low carbon food helps arrest its acceleration. It also means he’s lucky enough to spend most of his time eating, growing, writing and talking about food. Mark has now established his gardening and cookery school at Otter Farm, as well as running the blog relating all its daily joys.

He writes regular features for the Daily Telegraph, occasionally for the Observer, the Guardian and a host of other publications, and has a monthly column in The Simple Things. Mark’s award-winning Otter Farm blog has run for 10 years, has many thousands of followers.

Mark also led the Garden Team at River Cottage, appearing in the TV series, running courses and events at River Cottage HQ. He is one of the authors of the widely popular River Cottage series, of which the most recent is River Cottage A-Z: Our Favourite Ingredients and How to Cook Thempublished in September 2016.

Mark Diacono @MarkDiacono

I had a look at 2022s cookbooks for @gbf_mag and the TLDR? These are the cream of the crop...from @MarkDiacono @catlilycooks @FoodStories @lickedspoon @QuoVadisSoho @PavilionBooks #Claresmyth @explodingbakery @bmervis #AnnaHigham

If you would like me to draw one for you, you can buy it here. Not a print, all individually drawn to order.

Delighted to have 6 drinks recipes that make excellent festive presents in today’s @GuardianFeast
Still time to dash out for a copy or read online here

Whether the food lover in your life wants to curl up with a memoir, or get busy in the kitchen with a new collection of recipes, these are the best books to gift them this Christmas
@angela_clutton @JLQuoVadis @angela_hui @_Poots_ @MarkDiacono

@JLQuoVadis @totallyjackson @sarahsalway @lickedspoon @MarkDiacono @Olia_Hercules So very pleased to have you in my little pop up, as chosen by @lickedspoon as her very favourite cookbooks

Today in my free newsletter, I share my love of prunes, a recipe for far Breton and this week's market haul. I hope you enjoy it.

@guardian Asked last year why she didn't include PPE Medpro in HoL register of interests, her lawyer replied: “Baroness Mone did not declare any interest as she did not benefit financially and was not connected to PPE Medpro in any capacity.” These leaked docs appear to contradict that.

EXCL: Tory peer Michelle Mone secretly received £29m from profits of PPE business awarded large government contracts after she recommended it to ministers - incredible investigative journalism from @david_conn

My latest newsletter - should you write the whole book before sending it to a publisher? It's for paid subscribers, but some much else isn't. I hope you'll have a nose around and see if you might enjoy it

Do you like trees? Do you like books? Then you'll love my new book "Plant a Tree" Out now and perfect for Christmas presents. Perfectly illustrated by the incomparable Rosanna Morris

#aboutlastnight - the one and only Delia Smith being interviewed by food writer, Mark Diacono at the Cafe Murano Sunday night Book Club - great company, great food & a very entertaining Delia on fine form! #delia #angelahartnett #bookclub #cafemurano

Ok. So. Some things happened. And then this happened. Which I... did not see coming??

I feel such deep shame. But I’ve written about it here, and for one reason only: I could not find another way to stop.

The lyrics in John Hartford's song Gentle On My Mind are the very best thing about it. It's melodically brilliant, but the words take it to another level. Glen Campbell sang it beautifully. What a lovely thing to have in the world!

I have been browsing the Substack offerings....lots of great stuff there.
Check out @mr_plantgeek , @lickedspoon and @MarkDiacono for starters.
Great old school blogging...and what looks to be a warm community vibe.

Read whole thread to see just how cynical, uninformed, and shameless @BillGates is, lying to #Kenyans about eating nothing but #GMO wheat and corn his whole life. Why do we trust this many on health, climate change, food security, or anything? @MaywaMontenegro @NnimmoB @annalappe

Latest newsletter starring Zlatan, Delia, @guyshrubsole, vanilla and Let It Bleed. I hope you like it. Please subscribe if you fancy; most are free but the Writing A Book section is behind the wall but it might help if you want to get a book away

🍷🧀Announcing! Exciting new Devon Food & Drink Market for @tobygardenfest in 2023, in collaboration with @FoodDrinkDevon, with talks hosted by @SusyAtkins and @MarkDiacono. Exhibitor applications now open. Find out more here!

Just heard Bear Grylls on Louis Theroux saying he doesn't call it an 'alarm clock' he calls it an 'opportunity clock' and I think I could use my vagina as sandpaper now